Imja Tse Peak, at a height of 6,160 meters, is more popularly known by the name of Island Peak. The peak was named Island peak by Eric Shipton's party in 1953, as the peak resembles an island in a sea of ice when viewed form Dingboche. Later in 1983, the peak was renamed as Imja Tse.
Island Peak summit is interesting and attractive with a highly glaciated west face rising from the Lhotse Glacier. The mountain itself is the extension of the South Ridge of Lhotse Shar separated by a small col. The ridge rising to the south from this point leads to the summit of Island Peak. The extension of this ridge descending southwest is the part of the normal route of ascent and leads to the South Summit. Imja Tse not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Khumbu region. Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add more charm for climbing Island Peak.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel
Arrival in Kathmandu airport. Our representative will receive you and transfer to the Hotel on private Coach. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Preparing for climbing equipement and legal documents. Overnight at Hotel
After breakfast, our Guide/Sherpa will brief you about the trip and check your equipment. If something necessary more, you can buy or rent in Kathmandu. Permit and necessary documents will be prepared at evening. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla 2800m. & trek to Phakding 2610m.
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport for flying to Lukla. After breakfast in Lukla, you start the trek to Phakding takes about 4/5 hours. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m.
After breakfast, you start walking step up to Namche bazaar. Lunch break will be near Monjo.Total takes 7/8 hours trekking. Overnight at Namche Bazar.
Day 05: Namche rest for acclimatization.
This day you will rest in Namche Bazar for acclimatization. Afternoon you will hike up to Syanboche which is about 3800m and back to the Hotel.
Day 06: Trek to Tyanboche 3800m.
After breakfast, you start trekking and lunch break will be on the way near the riverside then walking step up to Tyangboche. Total takes 5/6 hours trekking. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche 4200m.
You start trekking after breakfast. This day you will walk around 6/7 hours total and lunch break will be near the Pangboche then you will trek up to Pheriche.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche 4900m.
After breakfast you start trekking slowly up to Dughla for lunch break. After lunch you start trekking along the beautiful Khumbu Glacier and take few hours step up to reach Lobuje which is about 5/6 hours total trekking from Pheriche.
Day 09: Trek up to Kalapathar 5545m and back to Lobuche.
After breakfast you will follow the broad valley running parallel to the Khumbu glacier. The trail ascends only gradually to the moraines of the Changri Nup Glacier but from here you make a series of small ascents and descents over a rocky trail lined with cairns that leads eventually to Gorak Shep 5200m. After lunch we will set off uphill to Kala Patar to experience a comprehensive sunset views from this amazing point. It will probably take a good hour and a half to reach the summit from Gorak Shep, although lower viewpoints will provide views almost as good. Pumori, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Taweche, Kantega and Everest. As you will be descending in fading light, do take a head-torch for this excursion. 6-7 hours trek.
Day 10: Trek to Dingboche 4300m.
After breakfast trek to Dingboche takes about 5/6 hours. From Dingboche one can see beautiful view of Island Peak, Amadablam and many moutains. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Chhukung 4730m.
After breakfast you will start trekking up to Chukkung. It is about 3 to 4 hours trekking along the Imja valley. You can reach Chhukung for Lunch. There are few trekking lodges where you will meet our Climbing Sherpas and Climbing members. Our team will check the equipment and brief about AMS.
Day 12: Hike to Chhukung Ri and back to Chhukung (Acclimatization day).
Early morning, you start hiking up to Chhukung Ri for acclimatization. You can see many beautiful mountains with sunrise view and back to the lodge.
Day 13: Acclimatization and Instructional day camp.
This day our Sherpa will take your ice climbing place and teach you how to use the climbing equipments, crevasse rescue, ice climbing skills, rope work and comprehensive mountaineering safety techniques.
Day 14: Trek to Island Peak Base camp 5000m.
Trekking up to Island base Camp takes about few hours and set up our all preparation for next day early attempt. Overnight at Camp.
Day 15: Summit Island Peak 6160m.and back to Chhukung or Dingboche.
We depart at 2/3 am to summit the top of Island Peak and return to Chhukung or Dingboche.
Day 16: Trek to Tyangboche 3800m.
Trekking back Tyangboche takes about 7/8 hours .Overnight at Lodge.
Day 17: Trek to Monjo.
Trekking to Monjo takes about 7/8 hours.Overnight at Lodge.
Day 18: Trek to Lukla.
Trekking to Lukla takes about 6/7 hours. Last dinner program with Sherpa/staffs. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu
Early morning: walking down at Lukla Airport to fly Kathmandu. Our representative will receive you and transfer to the Hotel on private coach.
Day 20: Final Departure
Airport transfer for Final Departure.